Years ago, we were taught to excel in whatever endeavor we undertook.
That meant going for the gold… always aiming for a homerun… never settling for anything less than slot No. 1.
These days, this passion for excellence is nowhere to be found.
Sadly replaced by a “puwede na” mentality.
You see it in government: you have lackluster leaders who cannot inspire… and, usually, cannot lead as well.
It’s prevalent in business too: ad agency principals that encourage their young wards to steal ideas for undeserved accolades.
You see it in firms you regularly deal with – like restaurants and utility companies – where service is so bad that repeat business is an alien concept.
The telcos are guilty as well – while they spend an inordinate amount of time adding up their profits, the number of dissatisfied customers multiply.
Our once proud land of passionate Filipinos has been reduced to a pathetic land of mediocrity.